Introduction to Quantitative Genetics
by D. S. Falconer
My aim in writing this book has been to provide an introductory textbook of quantitative genetics, with the emphasis on general principles rather than on practical application, and one moreover that can be understood by biologists of no more than ordinary mathematical ability. In pursuit of this latter aim I have set out the mathematics in the form that I, being little of a mathematician, find most comprehensible, hoping that the consequent lack of rigour and elegance will be compensated for by a wider accessibility. The reader is not, however, asked to accept conclusions without proof. Though only the simplest algebra is used, all the mathematical deductions essential to the exposition of the subject are demonstrated in full. Some knowledge of statistics, however, is assumed, particularly of the analysis of variance and of correlation and regression. Elementary knowledge of Mendelian genetics is also assumed.
Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics
by Derek A. Roff
The impetus for this book arose out of my previous book, The Evolution of Life Histories (Roff, 1992). In that book I presented a single chapter on quanti tative genetic theory. However, as the book was concerned with the evolution of life histories and traits connected to this, the presence of quantitative genetic variation was an underlying theme throughout. Much of the focus was placed on optimality theory, for it is this approach that has proven to be extremely successful in the analysis of life history variation. But quantitative genetics cannot be ig nored, because there are some questions for which optimality approaches are inappropriate; for example, although optimality modeling can address the ques tion of the maintenance of phenotypic variation, it cannot say anything about genetic variation, on which further evolution clearly depends. The present book is, thus, a natural extension of the first. I have approached the problem not from the point of view of an animal or plant breeder but from that of one interested in understanding the evolution of quantitative traits in wild populations. The subject is large with a considerable body of theory: I generally present the assumptions underlying the analysis and the results, giving the relevant references for those interested in the intervening mathematics. My interest is in what quantitative genetics tells me about evolutionary processes; therefore, I have concentrated on areas of research most relevant to field studies.
Introduction to Quantitative Genetics in Forestry
by Gene Namkoong
Population Genetics and Microevolutionary Theory
by Alan R. Templeton
The advances made possible by the development of moleculartechniques have in recent years revolutionized quantitativegenetics and its relevance for population genetics.Population Genetics and Microevolutionary Theorytakes a modern approach to population genetics, incorporatingmodern molecular biology, species-level evolutionary biology, and athorough acknowledgment of quantitative genetics as the theoreticalbasis for population genetics.
- Logically organized into three main sections on populationstructure and history, genotype-phenotype interactions, andselection/adaptation
- Extensive use of real examples to illustrate concepts
- Written in a clear and accessible manner and devoid of complexmathematical equations
- Includes the author’s introduction to background material aswell as a conclusion for a handy overview of the field and itsmodern applications
- Each chapter ends with a set of review questions andanswers
- Offers helpful general references and Internet links